COVID-19 Scotland Wave 3: Key Findings

In Wave 3, in late April, one month into lockdown, we found that:

  • The proportion of people reporting being anxious or worried has dropped from 65% in early April to 58%

This was higher among full-time students (69%).

  • Fewer people reported being panicked (15%, down from 21% before lockdown) and afraid (27%, down from 31% before lockdown)
  • Higher proportions of people have felt lonely (27%, up from 11% before lockdown) and hopeless (19%, up from 15% before lockdown).

More unemployed people (33%) and full-time students (44%) reported being lonely compared to Scottish adults overall (27%).

In general, people’s concerns because of the pandemic are still high:

  • Although passing the Coronavirus on to someone else was still the top concern among Scottish adults, the proportion of people who were concerned has dropped from 81% before lockdown to 70%
  • Nearly half of unemployed people (44%) reported financial concerns
  •  1 in 3 people in work (31%) have worried about losing their jobs
  • Half of young adults aged between 18 to 24 years old (50%) and full-time students (50%) have worried about being able to cope with self-isolation
  • 75% of people aged over 70 years old have worried about being vulnerable because of their age.

The proportion of people who are coping well with stress related to the pandemic has started to decline - from 76% in early April to 72%; whilst the proportion of those not coping well has increased marginally from 12% in early April to 13%.

  • More unemployed people (22%) and young adults aged between 18 to 24 years old (20%) reported not coping well than Scottish adults overall (13%).

  • More people have eaten too much (41%, up from 36% in early April) and drunk alcohol (26%, up from 21% in early April) in the past two weeks to help them cope with stress related to the pandemic
  • More full-time students (19%, up from 14% in early April) have experienced suicidal thoughts and feelings due to the pandemic in the past 2 weeks.

Going for a walk outside has become the most helpful way for people to cope with related stress (63%, up from 59% in early April), followed by contacting family (62%, down from 67% in early April) and friends (57%, down from 60% in early April).

Sample size was 2,056 adults across Scotland. Data was collected by YouGov on 23rd April - 1st May 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).